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Old August 25th, 2013, 09:30 AM   #1
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PMW 200 vs NX5 (form factor)

Folks.

Yet to view an actual PMW 200 as yet, but on spec alone, I am looking to purchase one in next before November.

Can anyone advise how the size and weight compare to a HXR-NX5 (which is what I currently use for mostly handheld work)

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Old August 25th, 2013, 11:49 AM   #2
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Re: PMW 200 vs NX5 (form factor)

Hi, Justin! I previously owned an 'NX5U' and I currently own a PMW-200. Both, are excellent cameras. Of course, the 'NX5U' is an AVCHD 4:2:0 camera at 35 Mbps (Max) and the PMW-200 is an XDCAM 4:2:2 camera at 50 Mbps (Max).

The 'feel' of the PMW-200 is slightly 'slimmer'. It's hard to explain. To me, the 'NX5U' was like a 'Plow Horse', a little 'thick', whereas the PMW-200 is a Race Horse. An I-Net search, and a look-through the 'Owners Manual - Specifications', will give you with dimensions for each camera.

Overall, the physical layout of the controls on the PMW-200 is almost identical to the NX5U. I found the transition to be especially easy after viewing Doug Jensen's (Vortex Media) training DVD "XDCAM HD422 Mastering Sony's PMW-200, -160, -150, -100 XDCAM Cameras". Even if I had chosen not to purchase the PMW-200, the training DVD would have been money well spent. The DVD is a treasure trove of information regarding some of the more esoteric features of the camera. I would recommend purchasing a copy.

Just to let you know, I have no business relationship with Vortex Media beyond being a happy customer.

I hope this helps.

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Old August 25th, 2013, 12:13 PM   #3
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I second pretty much all of this ^^^^ I just picked up 2 of the 200's and I'm very pleased with them. They don't look very good out of the box, but slap in Doug's settings and you're done.
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Old August 26th, 2013, 08:53 AM   #4
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Re: PMW 200 vs NX5 (form factor)

Thanks .. Jerry and James.

Can I ask, is the PMW-200 a longer camera than the NX5. I am confused by images on the net.. it appears in some cases a longer length camera (however, these shot do tend to have a quite large batteries on the back)
** I can see that the camera is slimmer (as James mentioned)

As I mentioned, I shoot mostly handheld, I can tell from specs that the PMW is marginally heavier; however if the size of the camera is pretty close to the NX5 I would be happy with that. I just want to be sure that it is not too much camera that I would have to use a tripod more often .... Because where I shoot an the subjects do not lend themselves to tripod use.

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Old August 26th, 2013, 09:32 AM   #5
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Justin...I'm not quite sure what pictures you're looking at, but the only thing that comes to mind is you're seeing the PMW-200 images with the largest, BP-U90 battery (~12cm) in-place or the shortest, BP-U30 battery (~4.5cm) on-board.

I hope this helps.

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